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No room for niceties as Suarez and Liverpool reunite again

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Luis Suarez reunites with Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday and for another 90 minutes, a fans’ favourite and cherished former club will have to be enemies again.

He flicked the ball away as Liverpool tried to take a throw. He confronted Fabinho, hoping to stir a reaction. Fabinho was booked for the challenge that followed, Suarez rolling on the floor, hands clasped around his leg.

“I just can’t get enough,” the Liverpool fans once sang. Now it was: “Cheat, cheat, cheat”.

Liverpool triumphed, a historic comeback turning a 3-0 first-leg defeat into a 4-3 win on aggregate, Suarez’s anguish only adding to the satisfaction. They adored Suarez playing for them but despised him playing against them and at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday, they will expect nothing different.

In an interview with the BBC last year, Steven Gerrard talked about Suarez agitating even his teammates in training.

“He went against them, he struggled with them, he raised his elbows and I thought, ‘This is not what you normally see in training’,” Gerrard said. “Normally, you see a lot of respect, but Luis would crush anyone.”

It was that same drive and defiance that made Suarez join Atletico Madrid after being cast off by Barcelona.

Suarez told Diario Sport this month he was “treated like he was 15” by Ronald Koeman and the club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, “leaked that he was damaging the dressing room”.

Suarez had not enjoyed his best season for Barca and there was an argument to say his style was depriving the team of a more mobile, free-flowing attack. But he wanted to show he still belonged to the elite and wanted to show Barcelona close up. He scored 21 goals in 38 games for Atletico last term and the one goal that won them the title.

Diego Simeone called it “the Suarez Zone”, a tendency to deliver when it matters most, and before the international break, there he was again, scoring in 2-0 win over Barcelona.

He celebrated by making a phone gesture in the direction of Koeman, seemingly in reference to their 40-second goodbye call.

He spoke of his close relationship with Liverpool’s staff and how his children learned the excitement of football in the city. He posed for a photo, giving a thumbs up next to the club’s crest on a wall.

None of that was insincere. Liverpool was the club that raised Suarez from a precocious talent at Ajax to one of the most feared strikers in the world.

With them, he had shared joy and despair. When Liverpool missed out on winning the Premier League in 2014, a pivotal defeat by Crystal Palace left him crying under his shirt. But now Suarez was celebrating their disappointment and the Liverpool fans remembered. In the second leg they booed and heckled as Suarez got to work again.

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Wasafibet – Diamond Platinumz launches new betting company, partners with Odibets

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Diamond has officially launched the new betting company dubbed WasafiBet at a ceremony that brought Bongo elites together.

Through his Instagram he launched WasafiBet on Friday, November 26, and captioned it “Pesa lipo.

Due to his massive following, it was established shortly after unveiling the product with over 10K followers in hours.

The betting company’s Instagram page and Twitter handle gained more than 10,000 followers in less than one hour after Diamond’s launching.

WasafiBet Instagram page hints that the company have an association with a Kenyan betting company Odibets.

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Court Closes Case Against FKF President Nick Mwendwa

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Beleaguered Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa is a free man after the state dropped all the corruption charges against him.

On Thursday 25th November, a court ruling was issued, that ordered Nick Mwenda be refunded Ksh 4 million he deposited to secure his release.

On Wednesday, November 16 the government was given an ultimatum of one week to prosecute Mwendwa, failure to which his case would be closed.

“We seek to close the file as we proceed with investigations at our own pace before we prefer charges against him,” the prosecution said.

“Police arrested and detained Mwendwa irregularly which exhibited bad faith. They brought him to the court without a holding charge even after detaining him for a whole weekend,” Nyamu said.

The court granted the prosecution 7days to prefer charges against Mwendwa after a request to detain him for 14 days was declined.

“I, therefore, order this matter closed as prayed by the DPP, ” Wandia said.

Friday, November 12th, 2021 Nick Mwendwa was allegedly arrested over the misuse of funds while visiting the Harambee Stars camp at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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Rugby: Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete in Kenya Cup

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Unvaccinated rugby players on several teams such as the Mwamba, Homeboyz, and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will not be allowed to take part in this year’s Kenya Cup.

“NO team will be allowed to field players not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and all team managers to compile vaccination certificates and send to KRU on or before Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Unvaccinated players shall also be considered ineligible.”Kenya Rugby Union (KRU0 said

There are six matches on the cards as the 2021/22 Kenya Cup season kicks off on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The season will again be played on a one-off, round-robin basis with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinal playoffs with the final slated for Saturday, March 5 2022.

Strathmore Leos get the new season underway when they host Topfry Nakuru in the day’s early kick-off at the RFUEA Ground.

This match will pave the way for the Ngong Road derby when hosts Kenya Harlequin and Resolution Impala Saracens face off in the subsequent fixture at the RFUEA.

Last season’s runners-up Kabras Sugar will be at home to Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad at the Moi Showground, Kakamega with Masinde Muliro hosting Nondescripts at the MMUST Campus in Lurambi, Kakamega.

Menengai Oilers welcome Mwamba to the Moi Showground, Nakuru while defending champions KCB host Homeboyz at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

This year’s league season will also incorporate women’s action. There will be three fixtures this weekend starting with the early kick-off between Mwamba and Topfry Nakuru at the RFUEA.

Ruckit and Yamananshi Impala will duel at the Impala Club with Homeboyz and Northern Suburbs facing off in Ruaraka.

Match Day 1, Saturday, November 27 2021

Kenya Cup

Strathmore Leos v Topfry Nakuru, 1.00pm, RFUEA, Nairobi (live)

Kenya Harlequin v Resolution Impala Saracens, 3.00pm, RFUEA, Nairobi (live)

Kabras Sugar v Blak Blad, 3.00pm, Moi Showground, Kakamega

Masinde Muliro v Nondescripts, 3.00pm, MMUST, Kakamega

Menengai Oilers v Mwamba, 3.00pm,Moi Showground, Nakuru

KCB v Homeboyz, 3.00pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

Women’s Kenya Cup

Mwamba v Topfry Nakuru, 11.00am, RFUEA, Nairobi

Ruckit v Yamanashi Impala Saracens, 1.00pm, Impala Club, Nairobi

Homeboyz v Northern Suburbs, 1.00pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

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